I was pretty much putting off my 16 miler all day long yesterday! I did have to stop at Performance Bike before it though to pick up another camelbak for my run.
There really isn’t a way to leave water bottles on the course, so I was happy to get this!
I also picked up a wind jacket for running and some new inserts for my shoes. I was ready to try out all it, but I was still procrastinating getting my butt out the door.
Finally, about 2 hours after I should have started, I finally got outside. It was actually beautiful out- for 52 degrees.
I settled into a rhythm right away surprisingly. The road that I run on while I am here is right next to an arroyo (ditch for you non New Mexicans) for some of the way.
There were lots of these little gaps in the road for the water to drain into the arroyos. Annoying since they were sort of steep even though it doesn’t look like it here.
I love the mountains here. I know that it looks brown and ugly to some people, but it is just amazing to me how all of these plants survive in such extreme temperature differences.
Prairie dogs were popping up everywhere. They are actually a protected species in Albuquerque because they are a keystone species.
This sign was saying don’t hurt them basically and that they are protected.
New home builders used to poison them because they were seen as a nuisance up until a few years ago. I think they are way cute. They are so curious too.
I will always be a southwestern girl. I LOVE it here. I love the culture, environment, and people here.
The run went well except for the strong headwinds and uphill for the first 8 miles. When I turned around, all of the sudden I had a crosswind not a tailwind. That kinda sucked too. Then there was the 15 minute pit stop at a Smiths for a bathroom break that made me even more late to a family dinner last night. I had just enough time to stretch and jump in the shower, then leave! Well that was of course after I returned 5 phone calls asking where I was during my run (when I wasn’t supposed to be anywhere). Ahh, the overbearing nosy Hispanic family. I forgot what that was like since I have been away. It is good to be back home.
I hope you all are getting in a great workout sometime this weekend! I just went on a 7 mile run. I have 10 mile race tomorrow in the Shamrock Race going on in Rio Rancho! My sis is running the 5K. I tried to get her to do the 10K, but she chickened out! Needless to say, the 10 mile run was out of the question for her as well. I’m actually running it with one of my best friends, and I’m so excited for her. Racing is a fairly new thing for her, and I’m glad that I was able to encourage her to start doing these things! I’m not running for a PR or anything. I told my friend that I would run with her at my recovery pace. We shall see if she gets annoyed at my talking (she likes to just run with her headphones. I used to be like that too!). If she tells me to go away and run ahead, I will.
Happy Weekend Everyone!!